36th Avenue (BMT Astoria Line)

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 36 Avenue
 "N" train"W" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
36th Ave Station View.jpg
Platforms
Station statistics
Address36th Avenue & 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11106
BoroughQueens
LocaleAstoria
Coordinates40°45′24″N 73°55′47″W / 40.756555°N 73.929791°W / 40.756555; -73.929791Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 73°55′47″W / 40.756555°N 73.929791°W / 40.756555; -73.929791
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Astoria Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      W weekdays (weekdays)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: Q66 (on 35th Avenue), Q102
StructureElevated
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedFebruary 1, 1917; 102 years ago (1917-02-01)
ClosedOctober 23, 2017; 18 months ago (2017-10-23) (reconstruction)
RebuiltJune 22, 2018; 10 months ago (2018-06-22)
Station code005[1]
Former/other names36th Avenue–Washington Avenue
Traffic
Passengers (2017)1,677,211[2]Decrease 28.4%
Rank282 out of 425
Station succession
Next northBroadway: N all timesW weekdays
Next south39th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays

36th Avenue (formerly known as 36th Avenue–Washington Avenue) is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 36th Avenue and 31st Street in Astoria, Queens, the station is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.

History[edit]

This station opened on February 1, 1917, along with the rest of the Astoria Line, which was originally part of the IRT, as a spur off the IRT Queensboro Line, now the IRT Flushing Line. Trains ran between Grand Central and Astoria.[3][4] On July 23, 1917, the Queensboro Bridge spur of the elevated IRT Second Avenue Line opened. At that time, all elevated trains to Queensboro Plaza used the Astoria Line while all subway trains used the Corona Line, though this was later changed with trains alternating between branches.[4][5] This station started to be served by BMT shuttles using elevated cars on April 8, 1923.[6]

On October 17, 1949, the Astoria Line became BMT-only as the tracks at Queensboro Plaza were consolidated and the platforms on the Astoria Line were shaved back to allow through BMT trains to operate on it. Service was initially provided by the Brighton Local (BMT 1) weekdays & Broadway - Fourth Avenue Local (BMT 2) at all times.[7]

Station renovations[edit]

The platforms at this station, along with six others on the Astoria Line, were lengthened to 610 feet (190 m) to accommodate ten-car trains in 1950.[8]:23 The project cost $863,000. Signals on the line had to be modified to take into account the platform extensions.[9]:633, 729

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[10][11] The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA.[12] This station, along with 30th Avenue, was closed entirely for around 8 months on October 23, 2017.[13] Since the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations closed, there has been some controversy due to the loss of business near these stations. The stations reopened on June 22, 2018.[14][15] In July 2018, the MTA retroactively awarded a contract for the additional platform and girder repairs at the 30th and 36th Avenues stations, conducted after the stations had reopened.[16]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
P
Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (39th Avenue)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays (39th Avenue)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "N" train ("W" train weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Broadway)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine To entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street level Entrances/exits

This elevated station has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is not used in revenue service, but it had been used regularly as recently as 2002.[17]

The ends of each platform contain full-height mesh windscreens, while the center of the platform contains glass windscreens and black metal canopies. Prior to the 2018 renovations, both platforms had creme-colored windscreens for the entire lengths, except for a small section on the Astoria-bound platform at the north end, and red wooden canopies at their centers.

The 2018 artwork at this station, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Maureen McQuillan, consists of laminated glass panels in the mezzanine.[18]

Exits[edit]

The station's only entrance is via an elevated station-house beneath the tracks. It contains two staircases to each platform, a waiting area covered with transite that allows free transfer between directions, turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs going down to all corners of 36th Avenue and 31st Street except the northeast one.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b Annual report. 1916-1917. New York: Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1917.
  5. ^ "Subway Link Over Queensboro Bridge". The New York Times. July 22, 1917. p. 31. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Additional Subway Service to Borough of Queens". The New York Times. April 8, 1923. p. RE1. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "Direct Subway Runs to Flushing, Astoria". The New York Times. October 15, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Association, General Contractors (1950). Bulletin.
  9. ^ Transportation, New York (N Y. ) Board of (1950). Proceedings ...
  10. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  13. ^ Evelly, Jeanmarie (September 14, 2017). "2 Astoria Subway Stations to Close for 8 Months on Oct. 23, MTA Says". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "MTA: 30th and 36th Avenue Subway Stations on Schedule to Reopen Late June". Astoria Post. May 22, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Broadway & 39 Av NW Stations to Undergo Extensive Repairs & Renovations". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Transit & Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 23, 2018. pp. 194–195. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  17. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  18. ^ "Astoria subway stations reopen after 8-month redesign". am New York. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Long Island City" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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